New web site -- html or wordpress?

by BenQ
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I have to admit I'm not at all familiar with wordpress. I'm creating a new site for my prouduct. Simple site, landing page, opt in, etc. Maybe a blog to keep content fresh.

I've been told it might be a good idea to do the whole thing in wordpress instead of html. What are the pros and cons of that? Thanks.
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  • Profile picture of the author deskmonkey
    It depends, really, on what you want to do with your site. If it's mostly static pages, then plain HTML works quite well. You mentioned a blog, however, so having a blogging platform like Wordpress would be the better option. It makes it easier to manage content.

    Pros and cons? Well, for straight HTML pages, it's rather time consuming and inefficient to do a blog without some sort of backend to manage the articles. That's where Wordpress comes in. Wordpress does have a bit of a learning curve, but not that much. It's actually a lot easier to learn than some of the other blogging software available. If you want, you can also make a hybrid site, with static HTML pages for the landing page, etc., with Wordpress only on the blog.
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  • Profile picture of the author Graham Maddison
    Originally Posted by Benq View Post

    I have to admit I'm not at all familiar with wordpress. I'm creating a new site for my prouduct. Simple site, landing page, opt in, etc. Maybe a blog to keep content fresh.

    I've been told it might be a good idea to do the whole thing in wordpress instead of html. What are the pros and cons of that? Thanks.
    This question has been asked before, just by doing a search of this forum using "wordpress html" this thread came up.

    http://www.warriorforum.com/main-int...ease-help.html

    You should be able to make your decision from the answers within.

    Graham
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  • Profile picture of the author findtips
    I would shop it with some local web developers that you can meet and discuss with in person. We've been doing this with one of our sites and have learned a tremendous amount of helpful information regarding several options, relative to our specific needs. Wordpress is popular but not always the best choice. You didn't go into detail on your offerings but a lot of CMS's will work. A developer can even custom-build a small CMS for you that won't be as overwhelming as some of the popular ones.
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  • Profile picture of the author mloveridge17
    WordPress all the way.

    I didn't know anything about WP 6 months ago when I did my first install. It took 5 minutes, just like they claim. Only later did I discover the Fantastico two-click install offered by my hosting company (anyone with cPanel should have this).

    Good luck!
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  • Profile picture of the author Mickm
    Wordpress Wordpress Wordpress

    If it's good enough for Matt Cutts of Google, it's good enough for the rest of us.
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  • Profile picture of the author NetMan
    Originally Posted by Benq View Post

    I have to admit I'm not at all familiar with wordpress. I'm creating a new site for my prouduct. Simple site, landing page, opt in, etc. Maybe a blog to keep content fresh.

    I've been told it might be a good idea to do the whole thing in wordpress instead of html. What are the pros and cons of that? Thanks.

    You definitely want to go with Wordpress. Wordpress is now much more than a simple blog, it's a powerful, yet easy to use Content Management System.

    Nowadays maintaining a web site with fresh content for SEO, is more than important to stay alive and drive traffic. Updating a HTML built web site with proper navigation etc. is tedious and quickly becomes nightmarish.

    Moreover, when publishing on the web one cannot ignore anymore the main Social Media and Networks integration to succeed, something Wordpress allows to do relatively easily. This is exactly why I developped a special wordpress publishing package, that address this need.

    Best regards,

    Andre Foisy
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  • Profile picture of the author mike52683
    My recomendation is wordpress. Once you get past the learning curve it is great to use.

    Just to throw out another free option if you don't have a domain yet or have your own hosting...you could use weebly. I actually use weebly pretty frequently to build simple squeeze pages. I export them and use upload on my own hosting, but you wouldn't have to do that since weebly will host the site for free if you need it.
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    • Profile picture of the author Jamie Iaconis
      Definitely use WordPress or PHP
      to do your site with.

      Much better and more powerful than HTML.

      Jamie
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      • Profile picture of the author NetMan
        Originally Posted by Jamie Iaconis View Post

        Definitely use WordPress or PHP
        to do your site with.

        Much better and more powerful than HTML.

        Jamie
        Well, just building pages in PHP without HTML won't do much, you still
        need HTML to present pages in a browser. PHP isn't meant to build web
        pages but to create dynamism and interaction in web pages and also
        interact with databases.

        The solution reside in the dynamic application of PHP, like creating a
        Content Management System, that will allow one to easily publish and
        maintain a web site. A CMS like the one behind Wordpress for example.
        If you look at the structure of a WEB pages built WITH PHP you'll
        quickly see that what is viewed in the browser is formatted using
        HTML and CSS, even the data pulled out of a database

        Regards,

        Andre Foisy
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        • Profile picture of the author Jamie Iaconis
          Originally Posted by NetMan View Post

          Well, just building pages in PHP without HTML won't do much, you still need HTML to present pages in a browser. PHP isn't meant to build web pages but to create dynamism and interaction in web pages and also interact with databases.
          My, my, we are touchy tonight...

          But ok, if you want to be that precise... use WordPress or a PHP SCRIPT
          rather than JUST HTML to use on your site, is that better?

          I understand the OP may not know exactly what I
          mean, but I definitely know what I'm talking about.
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          • Profile picture of the author NetMan
            Originally Posted by Jamie Iaconis View Post

            My, my, we are touchy tonight...

            LOL I wonder who's touchy then...


            Originally Posted by Jamie Iaconis View Post

            I understand the OP may not know exactly what I mean, but I definitely know what I'm talking about.
            Might be just the reason why I brought the precision maybe... :rolleyes:

            Regards,


            Andre Foisy
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  • Profile picture of the author Steven Carl Kelly
    Wordpress. And this comes from a long-time, hardcore ColdFusion Web programmer. I can have a legitimate, full-featured site up and running with WP including practically all of the functionality I need in probably 30 minutes or less.
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  • Profile picture of the author ericchoo18
    Wordpress is definitely more easy to set up compare to html type website. Not much programming code required for wordpress site and it has many plug in available that can help to increase SEO of your site as well.
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  • Profile picture of the author patricialin
    I'm an advocate of Wordpress. Because it's user-friendly and simple to manage. You can easily tweak the layout of your site whenever you wish to change the site from a blog to a regular corporate-looking website. You can even create a membership site out of it! There are a lot of processes that can be automated through the use of plugins and you can increase the functionality of your site by a hundredfold just by using WP!
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  • Profile picture of the author armadillo
    Wordpress, no question.
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